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  • The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

    Despite the title, the most usual reason is the weather. More specifically, the wind. Microlight aircraft usually fly in conditions of light wind only (apart from the hardened - or some might say crazy - few. Also, crosswinds (ie winds that are not blowing directly down the runway) can be tricky to handle on takeoff or landing. A go/no go decision is always the sole responsibility of the pilot, who should never let him or herself be pressured into flying against his judgement.

    Of course, there are many, many other reasons too, as the rest of this thread shows.

  • #2
    The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

    Jeremy, its a good point.

    I got my license at Stoke and Chris runs an incredibly supportive club. I also had Slippery, THS and Al Roche there, who were always up for flying somewhere.

    When I moved to my farm strip, 4 months later, it suddenly dawned on me that I was alone.

    I now have stocks of spares that I will never need, tool sets that could build new cars and a calor gas thingy that can make me a coffee. Quite often, I fly the 20 minutes to Stoke just for one of Suzies' excellent breakfasts and a cup of her coffee.

    I was quite nervous at first, but actually its great fun being on your own strip.

    We set up the Essex Microlight Club just to bring pilots like me and Tony (also on a farm strip now) together. Within 2 years, there's nearly 50 of us and we have some great fly outs. I know several local fields, Stoke included, where people don't really fly out of the circuit.

    Its a big world out there and people should get some overnight stops into their log book. Its a massive sense of achievement, even if its not far, its also massive fun.

    My first Channel crossing (with you on my wing, Jeremy) is probably my most memorable flight.

    France is now a preferred destination for a day's flying.

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    • #3
      The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

      Because:

      - it's too windy
      - the plane is unservicable
      - the Permit has expired
      - the thermals are horrible and I'm waiting til later

      Tom

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      • #4
        The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

        A few seasonal ones

        The runway is waterlogged :cry: and the wind is 25kts straight across the runway or the Met Office form 214 is giving 40kts above 1000' :shakehead: I have a head cold and flying could permanently damage my ears :sad:

        Fortunately none of these apply today :smilewinkgrin:

        Ginge

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        • #5
          The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

          I know exacrly how Jeremy feels. Driving to the airport, on the way, I can see in the distance that the hangar doors are closed. There's nobody there, I've got to get in and get the covers off (covered due to a pidgeon population) wheel the micro out, fuel up,start up and make "blind" radio calls and I'm away. It all changes when I'm up - it's all worth it in the end. I can't wait till the clocks change, then in mid summer I'll be flying up to 11 o' clock at night or off at 02.30 in the morning if need be.

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          • #6
            The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

            Sometimes it's just nice to sit at your airfield and relax and do nothing, I have just done that today.

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            • #7
              The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

              For me as a student I have all of the above to come, I was due to be back flying this week but my instructor has been off 'doing his thing' in far off places.
              Graham Jefferies
              BMAA member no: 6885.

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              • #8
                The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                Sorry to hear that GeeJay, what have you got left to do?

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                • #9
                  The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                  I have a good few hours solo left to do plus 3 exams then the actual GFT jobby, but I'm in no rush, it's all flying and as long as the weather plays fair I'll enjoy every minute.
                  Graham Jefferies
                  BMAA member no: 6885.

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                  • #10
                    The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                    Where do you fly from?

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                    • #11
                      The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                      I fly from Clench Common near Marlborough, Dave Cox is my instructor at GSAviation, how about you?
                      Graham Jefferies
                      BMAA member no: 6885.

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                      • #12
                        The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                        Wickenby I'm afraid, I thought that you were nearer.
                        Oh well, a good weekend of weather and I may fly down, I need to go further afield.

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                        • #13
                          The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                          Well assuming weather is good for next week I'll be at the airfield wednesday and friday all
                          day whether or not I am able to fly. If the weather is bad I'll catch up on ground school and maybe take an exam or three...

                          Clench is a small but very friendly field sited on the outskirts of Marlborough, with tea & coffee always available and only a 3 landing fee, you can get directions and info on the www.gsaviation.co.uk site. It'd be nice to see a new face pop in for refreshments.

                          As soon as I'm more proficient I want to travel further afield too. Once that licence is in the back pocket there should be no stopping me I hope.
                          Graham Jefferies
                          BMAA member no: 6885.

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                          • #14
                            The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                            3 ay ?
                            I'd better ask RG if he thinks it's worth paying ;-)

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                            • #15
                              The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so why won't you fly today?

                              Nice day......Nobody flying..........? !
                              Our airfield ( OTHERTON INTERNATIONAL -Penkridge Staffs ) is arguably home to one of the largest collections of microlight aircraft in the known world, ( Well, the Midlands anyway...)
                              with around seventy five or so machines based on the site. It fills me with wonderment that, on a perfect flying day, there might be one, or even sometimes, Two aircraft flying.
                              We get LOADS of visitors on a nice day but our own pilots seem to have other things to do, I wonder if other clubs have noticed this ?? An aeroplane is a big investment to most folks that I know, so why are they left to rot away in the hangar apparently unloved ? It's certainly a mystery to me. I've also heard the comment regarding "I'm bored just flying around the cabbage patch "... I'm sure there are people out there who can't afford their own kite and would find it amazing that others just pay the hangar rent and don't bother flying. Any psychologists out there ???

                              Phil Perry

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